Photo Stream is a nice little iCloud feature. It’s lovely to have photos you take on an iPhone stream automatically to your iPad, and vice-versa.
What’s not so clever about Photo Stream, at least in my recent experience, is that it can be awfully slow at times. This morning for instance, I took a set of photos of the new iPad Smart Case with my iPhone 4S – about a dozen in total. And I wanted to run them through my favorite photo editing/effects app on the iPad, Photo Toaster.
Photo Stream was taking its sweet time with getting the images to the iPad though – upwards of 15 minutes. That’s just not impressive, given that the iPad and the iPhone are on the same home WiFi network with great connectivity and sitting less than five feet from each other. In the end, it was much faster to get to the photos by using the excellent Photo Transfer App. Dropbox would also have likely provide faster access.
I still find Photo Stream useful, but if you’re looking to do things quickly with photos it’s not always the best solution – at least from what I’m seeing lately.
What do you all think? Do you have speedier results with Photo Stream?